All it takes is one spark to start a fire that could destroy your business and put the lives of your employees at risk. Thankfully, a well-designed fire alarm system can provide the necessary early warning that will help save both lives and property. As a business owner, this will help give you a peace of mind knowing that you are doing everything in your power to make your business a safe place to work.
How should you choose a commercial fire alarm system? Here are a few factors to consider and questions to ask before you decide.
- Has a comprehensive risk assessment been conducted? Do you need one? – A risk assessment can detect the specific risks and fire hazards for your business, and can also help determine which type of fire poses the biggest threat or would be most likely to occur. This assessment can then help your fire safety professional tailor your fire alarm and fire protection systems to the unique needs of your business.
- Are you protecting property, people, or both? – You will most likely need to protect both people and assets in your business. This means that the heavilypopulated areas of your building will need more smoke detectors, while areas designated for warehousing will need audible fire alarms as there is less foot traffic.
- Does the system comply with all necessary fire codes? – This is a question for your fire protection company, as your alarm system must comply with all of the fire codes for your area and meet all of your safety requirements.
- Do you have any unique needs or requirements? – Are there any unusual requirements that apply to your business? Consider the type of business, property, and materials that are located in your building and let your fire professionals know if there is anything out of the ordinary that they should be aware of.
- Does your business require around-the-clock monitoring? – With the exception of businesses that are open 24/7, there will be a point where your building is left vacant. Professional monitoring can ensure that if a fire breaks out at any point, it is detected early and first responders are deployed as quickly as possible.